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June 18th, 1997
Museum Celebrates Parkway Night Out

"INQUIRER NIGHT OUT" on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway welcomes everyone to visit some of the city's great cultural institutions--free of charge! The annual event will take place this year on Wednesday evening, July 2. Joining in the festivities will be a special Wednesday Night at the Philadelphia Museum of Art featuring varied performances, an animated film, an ice-cream tasting, and a tour for families.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is open every Wednesday evening until 8:45, and the first Wednesday night of every month is a "Jazz FM Wednesday," hosted by Temple University's WRTI-FM. On "INQUIRER NIGHT OUT," Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble, purveyors of standard and original compositions in a variety of musical moods, will perform in the Great Stair Hall from 5:15 to 6:00 p.m., and again from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Gary Giles, an actor and anthem singer for the Phillies opener, will sing America the Beautiful at 5:00 p.m. and The Star Spangled Banner at 6:00 p.m.

From 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., Ron Geoffries, a magician/comedian who combines amazing conjuring and uplifting humor, will perform in the Great Stair Hall. Wallace and Gromit: The Best of Aardman Animation (1996, 75 minutes), a film featuring the offbeat British man-and-dog claymation duo that have become a cult favorite of adults and chidren alike, will be shown in the Museum's Van Pelt Auditorium beginning at 7:10 p.m.

The Greatest Hits of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, a tour for families through the Museum's masterpiece-filled galleries, will be led by members of the Museum's Division of Education from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. and again from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. Visitors of all ages will enjoy a tasting presented in the Great Stair Hall throughout the evening by Philadelphia's Alaska Ice Cream. Everyone is also invited to register to win a round-trip ticket to Kiev, Ukraine, courtesy of Diaspora Travel Enterprises. The drawing will be held during "Ukranian Mosaic" on Wednesday evening, July 9.

Exhibitions at the Museum during "INQUIRER NIGHT OUT" include Scandinavian Design 1930-1980 (through October 1, 1997), Rudolf Staffel: Searching for Light; Ceramics, 1936-1996 (through August 3, 1997), The Pennsylvania Impressionists: Landscapes from Bucks County (through July 31, 1997), Japanese Landscapes (through July 31, 1997), and the video program Public Service and Other Announcements (through August 3, 1997).

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Its facilities include its landmark Main Building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Perelman Building, located nearby on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Rodin Museum on the 2200 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and two 18th-century houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. The Museum offers a wide variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.

For additional information, contact the Communications Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art phone at 215-684-7860, by fax at 215-235-0050, or by e-mail at The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. For general information, call (215) 763-8100.

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